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2024 HONOREES & NOMINEES

HONOREES

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VISIONARY LEADER HONOREE

Laura Zebersky

President, Jazwares

Following a successful 13-year career as a highly regarded trial attorney, Laura joined Jazwares in 2005. She began her career at Jazwares in licensing, but her unique ability to create meaningful consumer experiences and put customers first led Laura to a role in sales in which she built a world-class global sales organization. With her finger on the pulse of what’s next for consumers and the latest technologies, Laura has been instrumental in identifying, building, and selling some of the most transformational brands in our industry. Laura’s pursuit of creating exclusive value-added experiences led to Jazwares being the pioneers of downloadable digital game codes that today continue to set the company apart.

 

Under her leadership, Jazwares evolved its Roblox branded business into the preferred home for top game developers on the platform making way for DevSeries, a collection of the most popular games on the platform. With DevSeries, Jazwares is now creating toys for the hottest metaverse gaming brands and working closely with their developers to grow these properties individually. She has played a key role in transforming the Squishmallows brand into the #1 best-selling plush toy as well as the #2 overall best-selling toy property in the entire industry. Laura continues to take play to new levels, and recently ushered in new divisions of Costumes, Pets, and a Game Studio, with more to come. 

 

Laura’s unwavering commitment to philanthropy has helped expand “Jazwares Cares,” a vital, give-back branch of Jazwares dedicated to supporting children's health, well-being, and education through play. As a natural extension of her dedication to philanthropy, Laura is the current Chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida Board. As the Board Chair, Laura is heavily involved in the development efforts of the Finker-Frenkel Wish House in South Florida, a new state-of-the-art building under construction, that will create and extend the impact of wish experiences for children with critical illnesses.

 

In 2017, Laura was recognized by WiT with the prestigious Wonder Woman in Manufacturing Award. She is passionate about mentoring and collaborating with strong women to drive creativity and innovation in the industry further.

NOMINEES

Advocate for Change

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Alena Niu

Director Product Design: Dolls
Mattel

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Lissa Alberta-Calma


Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Manager

The LEGO Group

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Genna Rosenberg

 

Changemaker CEO
GennComm

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Rachele Harmuth

Head of ThinkFun 

ThinkFun

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Kendra Vaughan

 

DEI & Engagement Manager

Exploding Kittens

Brand Excellence

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Alicia Crespin

Director Omnichannel Retail Marketing, Walmart

Mattel

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Logan Stone

VP Marketing & Brand Strategy (UK & EU)

Moose Toys

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Sarah Melnick

US Brand Manager, Innovation & Incubation

The LEGO Group

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Chelsea Stevens

Commercial Lead

ZURU

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Melissa Martyn

Designer Manager, Toys

Universal Products & Experiences

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Kristin McKay

Global Play Leader, Preschool & Fashion

Hasbro, Inc.

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Sara DeWitt

Senior Vice President & General Manager

PBS Kids

Brand Franchise

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Aimee London

VP Global Brand Franchise

Mattel

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Annie Chen

Senior Director, Specialty Retail and Superfan

Paramount Global

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Divya Dalal

VP Global Brand Commercialization HL

Disney Consumer Products

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Michelle Fode

Director, North America Hardlines

Disney Consumer Products

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Alyse D'Antunono


Vice President, Global Franchise Strategy & Management

Hasbro, Inc.

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Birgitte Bülow

CEO

Bezzerwizzer Studio (Asmodee)

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Karen Eggleston

VP, Outbound Licensing

Jazwares

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Trish Garrett

Brand Director, Anime Toys

Bandai Namco Toys & Collectibles America Inc.

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Anna Songco Adamian

Vice President of Global Consumer Products

Crunchyroll

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Christine Tran

Head of Studio Management

Amazon

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Katie Pullen

Director, Category Management, CP, Global Hardlines.

Universal Products & Experiences

Commercial Sales

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Commercial Sales Team


Vice President, Sales, Amazon North America

Hasbro, Inc.​

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Karen Neyen

Senior Director of Sales - Farm Retail & OEM

Tomy International

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Michelle Hoffman


Vice President of Sales - Walmart

Moose Toys

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Elizabeth Kong and Kelly Bloom

Sr. National Account Manager

Jazwares

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Kelly Harrison


Merchandising Manager, Partnerships & Training

The LEGO Group

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Pamela Velarde

VP Omnichannel & Retail Marketing

Mattel

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Fiona Hardie

Buying Leader

Amazon

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Kylie Whitehead

National Key Accounts Manager

Toysmith

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Sindy Gouilloud Arrais


Country Manager

ZURU France

Designer/Inventor Corporate

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Anthea Rodgers

VP Design

Jazwares

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Claudia D. Sandoval

VP Product Development

Melissa & Doug

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Julie Borchert

Senior Merchandise Product Developer

Universal Products & Experiences

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Shaun Shishido

Design Manager

Disney

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Carol Mertz

Senior Game Designer

Exploding Kittens

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Danwei Lando

Associate Director, Design Toys & Games

Paramount

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Melissa Jones

Associate Principal Product Designer

Hasbro, Inc.

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Tori Salvaggio

Technical Product Designer

Moose Toys

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Chandra Hicks

 

Director Product Design: Action Figures

Mattel

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Jessica Livingston

Design Director, Interactive Toys

Spin Master

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Pat Chiang

Director of Product Design

Just Play

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Wendy Huang

Senior Product Designer

ZURU

Designer/Inventor - Small Business/Entrepreneur

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Anquisha Crutcher

Owner & Founder

To Grandma's House I Go, LLC

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Natalie Delaney-John

Managing Director & Creator

That Sound Game

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Wendy Bryan Lazar

Designer & Inventor

Toys & Games

I Heart Guts Orignal Plush Organs

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Donna Fasano

Owner & Artgineer

The Owl and The Hourglass Word Game Puzzles

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Natalie Sabri

Founder & CEO

Dough Parlour

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Gayle Keller

Founder & CEO

Theodora S.T.E.A.M. Girls, LLC

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Sally Connolly

Founder

Napa Valley Toys USA LLC

Digital Innovator

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Aimee Garbett

Sr. Ecommerce Trading Manager

THE LEGO Group

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Lilly Briger

Director Creator Marketing

Mattel

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Sarah Braun

Senior Vendor Manager - Toys & Entertainment

Amazon

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Lauren Bath

 

Marketing Director

EXG Pro

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Monika Sharma

Vice President, Retail Marketing & Strategy North America, Paramount Global Consumer Products
Paramount

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Linda E. Hansel

Enterprise Systems Specialist

TOMY International, Inc.

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Olesia Aulova

Digital Marketing Manager

ZURU

Digital Storyteller

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Alana Blumenstein

Co-Founder & Executive Editor

KidsRead2Kids

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Juliana Scaff Fontanella

SEO, Americas Senior Manager

The LEGO Group

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Amanda Cioletti

Vice President, Content & Strategy, Global Licensing Group

Informa Markets

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Liz Maglione

VP, Integrated Marketing Communications

Mattel

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Cushla Henry

Senior Global Content Manager

ZURU

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Mia Khoury

Senior Production Manager, Digital Content

Hasbro, Inc.

Inbound Licensing

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Alison Carroll


Director, Global Licensing & Entertainment Partnerships

Mattel

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Kyle Harrison

In-House Counsel

ZURU

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Dana Koc

Vice President, Product Development

Just Play

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Laura Henderson

EVP, Global Head of Early Learning

Spin Master

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Jessica Vivolo

Sr. Director, Licensing

Jazwares

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Rebecca Shepard

VP, Franchise Magic: The Gathering

Hasbro, Inc.

Licensing Agent/Agency

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Andi Scher


Managing Director

Mix Licensing Group

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Molly Robbins


SVP, Global Licensing

& Business Development

USPA Global / U.S. Polo Assn.

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Jennifer Case

Founder

Flynn Collective

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Michelle McLaughlin

CEO

Brand Activation Consulting

Marketing

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Danni Loe

Senior Marketing Manager

Flat River Group

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Jen Wulfekuhle

Director - Farm Toys

TOMY International

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Lucy Bullock

Global Senior Brand Manager

Moose Toys

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Sarah Milik

VP, Growth and Marketing, Games & Emerging Media

Paramount

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Francesca Sonand

Senior Marketing Manager

ZURU

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Julia Maher

Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing

Mattel

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Mathilde LeBorgne

Marketing Director, Informa Markets Global Licensing Group

Informa Markets

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Ying Tarantino

Trade Marketing Director

THE LEGO Group

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Holly Dabiew Myhre

Senior Director, Pipeline Innovation & Business Design

Hasbro, Inc.

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Kristina Kronberg

Sr. Marketing Manager

Jazwares

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Meghan Gamboa

Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder

Ageless Innovation

Mentor of the Year

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Belinda Gruebner

CMO Moose Toys & GM Moose Happy Kids Foundation

Moose Toys

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Coco Chan

New Product Development Director

ZURU

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Tiffani Magri

Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel – Law Department

Mattel

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Bri Lovett

Vice President, Product Management

Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Inc.

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Dawn Till

Sr. Director, Key Accounts

Toysmith

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Carol Blumenstein

Co-Founders

KidsRead2Kids

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Julie Gwaltney

Vice President

TOMY International

PR Excellence Corporate

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Crystal Flynn

Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Publicity

Hasbro, Inc.

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Niki Kazakos

Senior Director, Global Corporate Communications

Mattel

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Zebra Partners

PR Agency for Ravensburgers' Disney Lorcana TCG

Zebra Partners

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Tiffany Kayar

Director of Public Relations, Informa Markets North America

Informa Markets North America

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Molly Quiring

Senior Director, Global Communications

Universal Products & Experiences

Rising Leader < 500 Employees

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Belinda Gruebner

CMO Moose Toys & GM Moose Happy Kids Foundation

Moose Toys

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Coco Chan

New Product Development Director

ZURU

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Bri Lovett

Vice President, Product Management

Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Inc.

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Dawn Till

Sr. Director, Key Accounts

Toysmith

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Carol Blumenstein

Co-Founders

KidsRead2Kids

Rising Leader > 500 Employees

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Belinda Gruebner

CMO Moose Toys & GM Moose Happy Kids Foundation

Moose Toys

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Coco Chan

New Product Development Director

ZURU

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Tiffani Magri

Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel – Law Department

Mattel

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Bri Lovett

Vice President, Product Management

Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Inc.

KaraHong_headshot.jpg

Dawn Till

Sr. Director, Key Accounts

Toysmith

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Carol Blumenstein

Co-Founders

KidsRead2Kids

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Julie Gwaltney

Vice President

TOMY International

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